Division of Social Sciences


The objectives of the two-year social sciences program are:

  • to provide students with a basis for understanding human social behavior; and
  • to give students a historical context in which to understand today’s world.

In pursuing these objectives, the course draws from the various social sciences disciplines—anthropology, sociology, history, social psychology, political science, and economics—and combines fundamental conceptual and factual materials from these disciplines into an integrated four-semester sequence.

The first semester of the freshman year is devoted primarily to the behavioral sciences and serves as the analytical background for the next three semesters, which treat historical society, emerging society, and contemporary society. The approaches during this sequence necessarily vary from conceptual and historical to analytical and cross-cultural. At times these approaches may be combined. The program is introductory, stressing basic concepts, methods, and attitudes, rather than surveying the broad range of the social sciences.